Mayor Sharie Minions says she will continue to defend her decisions on social media, despite harassment from trolls.
She said her experience during the past few years helps her cut through the negative comments of keyboard warriors, and engage with people actually looking for answers.
“We don’t want to let those people discourage the good conversation and the learning that goes on from the rest of the community,” said Minions. “I think the vast majority of the community that engage on social media do it because they find it to be a valuable platform. They want to share their opinions and ideas, and I don’t think we should let the negative people discourage us from hearing from, and engaging with those people.”
Minions said she’s looking for ways to encourage greater community engagement in a variety of forums, both at council meetings and in more informal settings like coffee shop sessions.